The Silkworm (A Cormoran Strike Novel #2) (Paperback)

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When J.K. Rowling debuted
Cormoran Strike in Cuckoo’s Calling she used the pseudonym
Galbraith to give the book a chance on its own merits rather than be
overshadowed by the fame of Rowling.  An
attorney let the secret out yet Rowling continues to use the moniker Galbraith
in writing this excellent series.  Silkworm
is a bit more violent than Cuckoo’s Calling but all of the
good stuff is still there; great characters, beautiful writing, intricate
plotting, and a witty turn of phrase. Cormoran Strike is a likeable detective;
intent on doing a good job, caring, intensely private, and carrying an
interesting array of private demons.  His
years in the military give him a gravitas that lends itself well to his trade. He
is ably assisted by Robin, a gorgeous strawberry blond engaged to an uptight
young man employed in the financial sector. 
Robin started out as a temp in Cuckoo’s Calling where she
proved her worth, now she wants a larger role and is upset when Cormoran seems
to see her more as an uber competent secretary than a budding detective.  Silkworm begins with Lenora
Quine seeking Cormoran Strike’s help in tracking down her erstwhile husband,
author Owen Quine.  It isn’t unusual for
Owen to leave the family for parts unknown, but usually he is not away so
long.  His absence is causing
complications at home and Lenora wants him found.  Owen is the sort who delights in ruffling feathers;
his latest book is blazing a trail of upset players in publishing.  Agents, other authors, editors, publishers
are portrayed in humiliating detail and most are furious.  Cormoran finds Owen, murdered in the same horrific
manner as the character in his book. 
Suspects abound, yet the police seem most interested in the wife.
Rowling has great fun skewering the world of publishing.  I enjoyed reading Silkworm and
look forward to reading more of Cormoran and Robin in future.

— Deon Stonehouse

Description


Private investigator Cormoran Strike must track down a missing writer -- and a sinister killer bent on destruction -- in this "wonderfully entertaining" mystery (Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review) that inspired the acclaimed HBO Max series C.B. Strike.
  When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, Mrs. Quine just thinks her husband has gone off by himself for a few days -- as he has done before -- and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, he discovers that Quine's disappearance is no coincidence. The novelist has just completed a manuscript featuring poisonous pen-portraits of almost everyone he knows. If the novel were published, it would ruin lives -- meaning that almost everyone in his life would have motives to silence him. When Quine is found brutally murdered under bizarre circumstances, Strike must race against time to understand the motivation of a ruthless killer, a killer unlike any he has encountered before . . . A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in J. K. Rowling's highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant, Robin Ellacott.

About the Author


Robert Galbraith is a pseudonym for J.K. Rowling, bestselling author of the Harry Potter series and The Casual Vacancy.

Praise For…


"The Silkworm is a very well-written, wonderfully entertaining take on the traditional British crime novel... Robert Galbraith may proudly join the ranks of English, Scottish and Irish crime writers such as Tana French, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, John Connolly, Kate Atkinson, and Peter Robinson."—Harlan Coben, New York Times Book Review

"Cormoran Strike is back, and so is his resourceful sidekick, Robin Ellacott, a gumshoe team that's on its way to becoming as celebrated for its mystery-solving skills as Nick and Nora Charles of "Tin Man" fame, and Mikael Blomkvist and Lisbeth Salander (a.k.a. the girl with the dragon tattoo)."—Michiko Kakutani, New York Times

"The plot zings along... Swift and satisfying."—Carolyn Kellogg, The Los Angeles Times

"The last line of The Silkworm, which will lift the hearts of readers who have come to love its deeply sympathetic characters, offers the prospect of more of that joy both for [Robin] and for us."—Charles Finch, USA Today

"A compulsively entertaining yarn."—Entertainment Weekly

"Astutely observed, well-paced... The Silkworm thoroughly engages as a crime novel."—People

"The story is enthralling, not only for its twists and turns, but for the fun of the teamwork... [it's] a cast of characters who you'll want to meet again and again."—Time

"A swift-paced, suspenseful mystery... Robert Galbraith has announced himself a fresh voice in mystery fiction: part hard-boiled, part satiric, part poignant, and part romantic."—The Wall Street Journal
Product Details
ISBN: 9780316486385
ISBN-10: 0316486388
Publisher: Mulholland Books
Publication Date: May 29th, 2018
Pages: 464
Language: English
Series: A Cormoran Strike Novel